PLANT A KISS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

PLANT A KISS

Age Range: 3 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

What happens when a kiss is planted? Readers will be captivated as a young girl’s seemingly silly act literally blossoms into a generous reward.

Rosenthal (This Plus That, illustrated by Jen Corace, 2011) strips away all but the most essential words to share her story. Spare short phrases and one-word descriptors propel the action while leaving plenty of room for Reynolds, illustrating in a similar style found in The Dot (2003), to work his visual magic in a pale palette of mostly yellow, pink and gray. After providing sun, water and attention, the spunky heroine has moments of doubt. Her patience pays off when a sparkly object emerges from the soil. “Sprout! / SHOUT! SHOUT! // Gather about. // Wow! How? What now? / Stare and stare. // ‘I’ll share!’ she declared.” The other children who come by strongly disagree: “Don’t you dare! It’s far too rare! It’ll go bare!” But “(She didn’t care.)” She collects a large amount of the sparkly stuff in her big red bowl and distributes it far and wide. When it is all gone, “she returned. There she learned…from one little kiss… // endless bliss!” Here Reynolds uses a golden wash with pink and iridescent dots to paint a most vigorous blooming swirly plant that spans the entirety of the final double-page spread.

Sure to dazzle children, who will appreciate that a relatively small deed can lead to such magical results. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-198675-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2011




MORE BY AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL

ChildrenDON'T BLINK! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
ChildrenDEAR GIRL, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
ChildrenUNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

MORE BY PETER H. REYNOLDS

ChildrenSAY SOMETHING by Peter H. Reynolds
by Peter H. Reynolds
ChildrenI AM HUMAN by Susan Verde
by Susan Verde
ChildrenTHE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds
by Peter H. Reynolds

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenWONDER BEAR by Tao Nyeu
by Tao Nyeu
ChildrenA MOUNTAIN OF FRIENDS by Kerstin Schoene
by Kerstin Schoene
ChildrenROOTING FOR YOU by Susan Hood
by Susan Hood